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This law could help states prioritize science education

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“States have a new opportunity to emphasize science education and achievement–once largely ignored during the NCLB era–under new federal policies. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) gives states opportunities to create new educational goals and strategies, and states can set clear-cut goals for science achievement and leverage existing policies to meet those goals, according to a new brief from Achieve.”(more)

Exclusive: Florida Considering Major Revision to ESSA Plan and How State’s Schools Are Graded

The 74 Million – Lane Wright

“Less than two weeks before a federal deadline, the Florida Department of Education may scrap a plan to ask the government for a pass on a key part of its education law, potentially throwing the state’s school accountability plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act into chaos. States’ ESSA plans typically take months to develop and require public feedback to be successful. Florida did get feedback after releasing its original draft plan in June, but a significant course change this late in the game could produce a hastily prepared plan that doesn’t have buy-in from parents, teachers, and local school leaders.”(more)

On ESSA, many principals have little idea what the law actually means

Education Dive – Autumn A. Arnett

“One of the recurring themes from principals around ESSA implementation has been, “Well, I’m just going to wait for my superintendent to tell me what to do.” Actually, according to experts from the National Association of Elementary School Principals who shared at the 2017 National Principals Conference in Philadelphia and spoke on background for this article, the law was designed to be much more bottom-up than previous laws, and you should reach out to your superintendent with plans you’d like to see implemented in your school to help improve outcomes for all learners therein.”(more)

The Complications of State-level Education Policymaking

Education Next – Andy Smarick

“With the US Department of Education now approving state ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) plans, attention turns to those plans’ contents. This includes how states intend to help kids assigned to persistently struggling schools — one of K-12 education’s perennial challenges. The need to do something different is pronounced because of the long history of unsuccessful “school turnaround” approaches and the failure of the Obama administration’s School Improvement Grant program.”(more)

State Accountability Plans Fix Many NCLB-Era Mistakes

Education Next – Brandon L. Wright and Michael J. Petrilli

“The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) grants states more authority over their school accountability systems than did No Child Left Behind (NCLB)—meaning that states now have a greater opportunity to design improved school ratings. In Fordham’s new report, Rating the Ratings: Analyzing the First 17 ESSA Accountability Plans, we examine whether states are making the most of the moment.”(more)

Interactive: How Far Every State Has Gone to Update Education Policies Under the Every Student Succeeds Act

The 74 Million – Staff Writer

“The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in December 2015, a bipartisan proposal the replaced No Child Left Behind. The passage of ESSA turned control of the country’s K-12 education system back over to the states, giving local legislatures more flexibility surrounding decisions about standards, assessments, and other accountability measures.”(more)